President Obama Speaks on Common-Sense Measures to Reduce Gun Violence

President Obama makes a statement from the Rose Garden following the Senate's vote to block common-sense measures to reduce gun violence. April 17, 2013.
So says the mainstream headlines, Obama says 90% of the people would support the bill, I disagree. Over 90% would not support all the following: 1. It sets “a trap for the innocent.”

The bill’s treatment of gun transfers “lets the Justice Department send people at gun shows to jail for up to five years for a crime they did not even know was a crime.”

2. It allows firearms dealers to do secret background checks on job applicants.

Employers could run secret background checks on job applicants through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database without obtaining consent from the job applicants.

3. It “reduces existing privacy protection for mental health records relevant to background checks.”

The bill would weaken existing privacy protection for mental health records in connection with the NICS system, “leaving only what privacy protection the Attorney General cares to provide,”.

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Comment by easymoney on April 18, 2013 at 6:16pm
If it were common sense, they wouldn't need to pass a bill. This appears to be the only thing he has shown any feelings at all about.
Some of us new gun legislation was coming in his 2nd term.
Comment by XLFD on April 18, 2013 at 11:45am

Using the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) method of passing a common sense bill would be to tackle the problem of making it more difficult for felons and mentally ill to acquire guns, period.  Simple legislation could be drafted that would have support from Americans.  Putting a lot of excess garbage and polishing it up, should not work. 

The President winds up his message (18:00 in) saying:  "I believe we are going to be able to get this done, sooner or later, we are going to get this right.  The memories of these children demand it, and so do the American peopleThank you very much."  Unfortunately, he wasn't referring to the abortion debate, but the shooting down of his bill.

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